Am I Glowing Yet?

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13)

I think I must have a sign on me when I shop at Wal-Mart.  It says, “I don’t work here, but I can help you.”

I don’t mind really.  There’s something satisfying about knowing the aisle for laundry soap and the one for body soap and that they are about a mile walk away from one another.  Or that there’s tape in hardware and different tape in stationery.

Perhaps it’s that I usually shop with at least one of my kids.  Strangers probably see me and think, “She has children. I bet she’s in here ALL the time.  I’ll ask her where to find stuff.”

It seemed natural enough until I realized just how familiar I was with the Wal-Mart after trekking there more times than I’d like to admit every week for almost eight years.

I glanced down at my shopping list one day and discovered I had automatically organized it by quadrants of the store.  Every item was listed in the order I would find it on my usual route.

Now that’s a lot of time in Wal-Mart.

The time we spend anywhere shows up in our lives.  We can’t hide our influences or interests or the habits and relationships that take up the most space on our calendar. Our conversation is flavored, our mannerisms influenced, our choices altered by the way we spend our days.

It was the same for the disciples.

After Jesus’s death, resurrection and ascension to heaven, these Christ-followers became quite the trouble-makers.  They preached sermons and performed miracles all in the name of Jesus, to the dismay of the Sanhedrin or religious leaders, who thought that a dead Jesus was a problem solved.

When Peter and John were arrested and stood before the Sanhedrin, Peter—the guy arrested for giving sermons about Jesus— decided to give another sermon about Jesus.

Bold, huh?

He spoke the bottom line truth: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Was this a fisherman talking?  Was this the guy who had denied Jesus three times, now preaching salvation through the crucified Jesus to a group of men who could crucify him, too?

The Sanhedrin wondered the same thing: “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13)

You couldn’t miss the miraculous change in them. “These men had been with Jesus.”  And it showed.

It should be that evident in our lives also.  Our time praying and meditating on His Word should cause a life-revolution.  People should see us and think, “I bet she knows where to find hope, joy and peace.”  They should witness the changes in us over time and think, “Clearly she’s been with the Lord.”

For Peter and John, this brought life change—spiritual insight and boldness.

For Moses, time with God impacted Him physically.  All those days in the presence of God’s glory on the mountain made his face glow–literally.  And he couldn’t cover it up with some Covergirl face powder.  Even Mary Kay couldn’t do the trick.

It was so distracting to see this glow-in-the-dark face and how it faded over time, that Moses began wearing a veil to hide it.

Paul tells us that we glow like that, too, when we’ve been with God.

Yet, he also tells us that unlike Moses, there’s no reason for us to hide the glow of glory that comes from God’s presence.  In 2 Corinthians Paul writes:

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Unlike Moses, our faces are unveiled so that all can see the transformation God works in us over time, making us ever more like His Son.  This change only happens, though, when we’ve been with Jesus.

People will be able to tell where we’re spending our time, what’s occupying our thoughts, and what our priorities are.  If it’s not God, that will show up on our faces and in our lives, too.

But I want my face to glow with God’s glory.  I want my life to be a like a sign that says, “This girl has been with Jesus.”

Just like Peter and John.   Just like Moses.  Just like Paul.  When we spend time with Christ our life will glow as we reflect Him.

Heather King is a wife, mom, Bible Study teacher, writer for and worship leader.  Most importantly, she is a Christ follower with a desire to help others apply the Bible to everyday life with all its mess, noise, and busyness.  To read more devotionals by Heather King, click here.

Copyright © 2011 Heather King

2 thoughts on “Am I Glowing Yet?

  1. Marie Auker says:

    All I know is, God’s too funny! It’s 12:15 and I sat down at 10:00, maybe sooner to do my AWANA lesson for tonight. I don’t like to wait until the middle of the day on Wed. to get my AWANA lesson done. It’s just that I’ve been reading and praying about what God has for the girls this week. I’ll read something and think, “that’s it,” write it up and throw it away. I even did this 3 times this morning. First I was led to names of God. So I looked up Moses in the burning bush and God saying I AM WHO I AM. Threw that all out. Led back to Acts again (for the 4th time this week). You would think I would have caught on a little sooner! The part about Stephen being stoned and Saul being there, onlooking and giving approval, was still lingering with me. So my latest fresh paper was titled, “Saul to Paul.” Then God took me into looking at how the church began. I mean, if we’re going to see why Saul was persecuting the church, we may-as-well see how it was established. So, after a few crossed-out lines, I have very much the same thing on my paper as you have on yours! My new title is called, “The Church.” Paul’s name is still on top. However, Peter and John are on top of it. We’ll never get to Paul tonight. That will be for next week at least. So, God really has something to say about Moses, the disciples and the Sanhedrin today! I just wished I had waited on your copy to come out and saved myself a lot of work! Not really 🙂

    • Heather C. King says:

      God is so good, Marie! And I love that our time in His Word is never wasted. I’m sure everything you threw out will have its time also. Here’s another cool part—this was not the lesson I had prepared for today either! I had another draft and felt I needed to put that aside and write this one instead!! I’ll try to remember to get with you tonight because I found a totally exciting, incredible verse about Saul to Paul and the early church in my devotional time yesterday. I’m sure I’ll write about it eventually, but I want to share it with you personally since this is on your mind and heart also. What a great God we serve!

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